Altenew has an online course called Background Magic instructed by Laurel Beard. In this course, we look at alternate ways to use background stamps you may own. Background stamps don’t always have to be for a background. They can be a focal point as well.
The card I’ve created today is inspired by lesson 5 where Laurel Beard embosses her background stamp then enhances the image by ink blending color and die cutting her sentiment. For my card, I started with a blank A2 panel. I love the Altenew Mega Succulent stamp set; I especially like that you can color it to be a succulent or a flower. I knew I wanted a red rose flower, so I started by blending the Altenew Red Sunset Mini inks all over the panel to get various shades of color. Next I stamped the succulent off center and heat embossed with a satin pearl embossing powder. I love how the various colors ended up in all the petals. Next, I die cut the letters for ‘Hello’ using the Altenew Inline Alpha die set. I also die cut the letters in foam and mounted each letter onto the foam. Using a strip of brown cardstock and the heart from the Crafty Life Stamp set, I heat embossed in pink (which shows very slightly of pink hue) above and below where the ‘hello’ would be placed. I placed the succulent panel onto a top folding card, I added the brown strip along the right side then adhered the ‘hello’ in place. I love the look of red and brown and here it looks fabulous as well. Love how the flower image as a background really stands out.
I really enjoyed this class and have a few more ideas I’ll be trying out. Take a gander at my finished card below. I’ll be submitting this to the AECP Level 3, 2nd online class.